Thursday, 31 March 2022

401 in black

A few more views of 401 in its previous livery - NER lined goods black


Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Gala Tickets


It’s now a month to go till our Victor & Vulcan Reunion Gala, be sure to pre-book your tickets to make sure you don’t miss out! 

Sat 30th Apr - Mon 2nd May Rover Tickets

Sat 30th Apr Photo Evening (6pm onwards)

Photos courtesy of:


Tuesday, 29 March 2022

A look around the coast

A visit around the coast today, in the period between the scrapping of the North Tyneside Electrics (June 1967) and the conversion to Metro (1980 - 1982). Between these times Diesel Multiple units were used, as seen here at North Shields, West Monkseaton & Whitley Bay. Notice the temporary stopping sign at West Monkseaton during the Metro conversion works!

Photos courtesy of:
Ian Shelton
Graham Pearson


Sunday, 27 March 2022

Mutual Improvement Class

Today trainee firemen Dai and Cameron attended a Fireman's Duties Mutual Improvement Class, lead by Traction Inspector Steve, as part of their training towards becoming a fireman


Saturday, 26 March 2022

401s new water tank

Ahead of our upcoming running season and Reunion Gala, it was decided to replace 401's water tank. To help create a more robust locomotive the decision was taken to have a new tank constructed, work has been taking place since early January with the fitting carried out yesterday. Huge thanks must go to Quay Fabrications - Lancaster Ltd for creating an exact replica of the original which will last for decades to come.


Friday, 25 March 2022

Backtrack Magazine

A brilliant article has just appeared in Backtrack magazine - the title "Strikes, Overcrowding, Fishwives and a Zeppelin: The first twenty years of the North Eastern Railway's Tyneside Electrics - Part One" tells you it's worth a read!

The article has been written by a friend of the association Rob’s Railway Ramblings


Thursday, 24 March 2022

Another shot of 401 at Austin Motor Company

Another brilliant view of our very own 401 (Vulcan) at work at the Austin Motor Company.
Remember our Victor & Vulcan Reunion Gala will take place on Sat 30th April - Mon 2nd May.


Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Brush-Bagnall diesel shunter

Over the coming weeks we will be looking more at our Bagnall 401, in the run up to its reunion with sister 403 (30th April - 2nd May).

Both locos were replaced at the Steel Company of Wales, by Brush-Bagnall diesel shunters. Here is a look at one of them...


Sunday, 20 March 2022

Track work

Our brilliant volunteers spent their Saturday undertaking trackwork. With a variety of tasks being completed.


Saturday, 19 March 2022

Early days of the NTSRA

A brief look at the early days of the NTSRA, originally the association helped establish the now closed, Monkwearmouth station museum. Building a transport collection in the former goods shed - until this was condemned. We moved to our current location shortly afterward.

Photos courtesy of TWAM archive.


Thursday, 17 March 2022

Vulcan at the Austin Motor Company

In honour of our Victor and Vulcan Reunion Gala ( 30th April - 2nd May ) here is a recently purchased image of Vulcan at the Austin Motor Company.


Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Gala Announcement

Victor & Vulcan Reunion Gala!

After the event was postponed two years in a row due to COVID we are very pleased to announce the Victor & Vulcan Reunion Gala will finally be going ahead this year, Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May

During the weekend the big Bagnalls will be alongside each other again for the first time since the 1970s, running an intensive timetable including passenger trains and demonstration freight trains.

More details coming soon!


Monday, 14 March 2022

Not long to go

Did you know its just 515 hours and 20 minutes till our next train departs Middle Engine Lane. Times ticking!


Saturday, 12 March 2022

Photos from Backworth

The last of the late Ian Shelton collection for now. (Under we can sort the rest of the collection!)

Todays set show Backworth.


Friday, 11 March 2022